Although Orlando’s story in Justice League Annual 1 does touch on events from the main series, it is less of a Justice League tale than a Lobo one, which gives Black Canary a team up with the “main man.”
The pair make an interesting duo. At first I was dreading this story. Black Canary’s costume does sometimes inspire some really sexist writing, and Lobo tends towards treating women poorly, but Orlando deftly avoids such traps. True, Lobo does treat Canary like a sidekick, but she is not the kind of person who is going to put up with that sort of crap.
The pair head into space to help Lobo’s dolphins. Black Canary does not believe that is Lobo’s real purpose, but does discover his genuine affection for his space dolphins. And for his part, by the end of the issue Lobo decides that Batman is not the only hard ass on the team, who can keep him in line.
Kelley Jones does the art, and one gets the sense that he had a lot off fun with the carnage that any good Lobo story requires. True, this never hits the scale of Simon Bisley, but there are a few genuinely disgusting panels along the way.
If one is not a fan of Lobo, this issue could be skipped, I suppose. I honestly wasn’t really looking forward to reviewing it, but I found myself enjoying the tale more than I expected to, which is never a bad thing.